Bumble bees generally visit flowers exhibiting the bee pollination syndrome. Bumble bees will also tend to visit the same patches of flowers every day, as long as they continue to find nectar and pollen, a habit known as pollinator or flower constancy. While foraging, bumblebees can reach ground speeds of up to 30+ miles per hour.

Adults grass skippers typically visit flowers and hold their wings together while feeding. They hold their wings partially open while resting, with the front wings and hind wings held at different angles. They are usually orange, rust, or brown in color and have pointed forewings. Many species have dark markings or black stigmas on their forewings.

I was pleasantly surpised to capture these two sharing this bull thistle in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ USA. I took this with my Nikon D3100 and the Nikon 85mm macro lens.


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I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, Bill! What a great shot!

  • Thanks Briar. I was actually taking a picture of the skipper when the bumble bee darted in. They coexisted quite nicely. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchalmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture William

  • Always great to hear from you Russell. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Always a pleasure Ray! =)

    – William Brennan

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

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  • John Holding
    John Holdingalmost 3 years ago

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